Two Lancaster County girls who were reportedly kidnapped by their father Thursday night were found safe Friday afternoon, but their mother remains in the hospital after police say she was stabbed during the ordeal.
The girls, ages 1 and 3, were found around 3 p.m. at the Westway Apartments in Lancaster, authorities said. An Amber Alert that had been issued Thursday night was immediately lifted.
Authorities suspect Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 29, stabbed his common-law wife, Diane Madisol Trejo, 22, and took their two children around 6 p.m. Thursday, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
"An argument started inside the residence, and the suspect got a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in the neck and hands several times," Faile said.
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Reyes-Campos has not been located, according to police.
Trejo was flown to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, where she was listed in critical but stable condition Friday night.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call around 8:15 p.m. Thursday about a stabbing, according to a news release from the State Law Enforcement Division. When deputies arrived, they found Trejo with a 2- to-3-inch-long stab wound to her neck, the release states.
Upon arrest, Reyes-Campos will be charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with assault and battery with intent to kill and other charges to be determined in relation to the abduction.
The agency has previously charged Reyes-Campos with criminal domestic violence and cocaine distribution.
Reyes-Campos is described as a 29-year-old Hispanic man. He's about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Investigators said Reyes-Campos recently returned to Lancaster after being deported to Mexico in September after domestic violence and cocaine possession convictions.